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December 29, 2011

Area libraries ready for e-reader rush

Daily Star

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The Four County Library System and all its members expected e-reading devices to be popular gifts for Christmas.

The library system received a special grant allowing it to purchase many more titles for audio and e-books to help fill the demand. In the next couple of months, you should see many more choices for downloading. Visit to see the website and start borrowing.

If you got a device and haven't figured out how to use it, or if you want help, or don't want to purchase lots of books that you'll only read once, take advantage of our upcoming workshops.

Librarian Sarah Livingston will be teaching several classes on our digital books service. The classes will be hands-on and participants should bring their laptop and be able to connect to a wireless Internet connection. These classes will focus on laptop users, but anyone interested in learning may attend. Kindle class attendees do not need a laptop, but may bring one if they prefer.

The classes being taught are divided up into three categories focusing on audiobooks, Kindle books, and non-Kindle ebooks. Each class will also cover an overview of the Download Zone, free digital book sites and other available resources. Please sign-up for one time slot.

Registration is required; register by calling the library at 432-1980 or visiting the library. The workshop schedule is:


Jan. 4: 1 p.m.

Jan. 7: 11 a.m.

Jan. 11: 11 a.m.


Jan. 4: 3 p.m.

Jan. 5: 10 a.m.

Jan. 10: 1:30 p.m.

Jan. 12: 10 a.m.

Non-Kindle ebooks

Jan. 4: 11 a.m.

Jan. 5: 6 p.m.

Jan. 7: 9:30 a.m.

Jan. 11: 1 p.m.

New audio titles include "Three Willows" by Ann Brashares, "Kill Me If You Can" by James Patterson, "Smokin' Seventeen" by Janet Evanovich, and "Cold Vengeance" by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child and Rene Auberjonois. Recent eBook titles include: "Explosive Eighteen" by Janet Evanovich, "The Affair" by Lee Child, "The Next Always" by Nora Roberts, and "Son of Stone" by Stuart Woods.

Holiday Hours

Dec. 31: Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jan. 2: Closed.

Regular hours resume on Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at